Antoni Arola was born in Tarragona in 1960. He studied at the Eina School in Barcelona until 1984, after which he started working in prestigious professional studios. He stayed for five years at the Lievore and Pensi studio, and four more at the Associate Designers, AD, a leading firm in technological design, directed by Ramón Bigas and Pep Sant. In 1994, Antoni Arola left AD and set up his own studio, Estudi Arola.
Antoni Arola first began designing lighting in 1994, when he designed a series of lamps. In 1997, he designed the Nimba lamp for Santa & Cole, a lamp with a shape of a light halo that received the ADI-FAD Award.
Some of his most popular and recent projects have been the interior design of the gourmet shop Mos, which was awarded Best Shop in the World by Barcelona's city council in 1999; the packaging of the Armand Basi Frangancies, which was awarded the International Fragrance Foundation award, 1999; the Ishi-Doro series of lamps for Metalarte, awarded the ADI-FAD Delta award in 1999, the Pallucco lamp (2000), presented at the last edition of the Milan Fair, that consolidated him as an industrial designer; the Sistema Flúor hanging system of colored fluorescents for Santa & Cole in 2001; the interior design of the chocolate shops Cacao Sampaka in 2000; and the successful Moaré Series for Santa & Cole (2003). After having received the Spanish Design Prize in 2003, Arola has achieved creative maturity, as can be seen for instance in his lamps for Santa & Cole, the Tau (2005) or the Cubrik (2006). Another important field of Arola's work are the ephemeral installations for fairs, thanks to which he achieves to express for a limited lap of time all of his brilliance. According to Antoni Arola, "Designers are only catalysts, mediators, filters. Everything is in the air; it only has to be brought to real life, by turning ideas into objects that will improve everyone's life".
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